Rays Shut Out Yankees 7-0 To Inch Closer To Playoff Spot
The Tampa Bay Rays defeated the New York Yankees by a final score of 7-0. They remain the leader in the AL Wild Card by 1-game over the Cleveland Indians who defeated the Chicago White Sox 5-4 and by 2-games over the Texas Rangers who defeated the Houston Astros 3-2.
Hiroki Kuroda (11-13, 3.31 ERA) has struggled in the first inning this season. In his 31 prior starts he had allowed 18ER (5.23 ERA) and the opposition has hit .339 (43 for 127) against him.
After the game David DeJesus said the Rays wanted to get to Kuroda early. Matt Joyce who was inserted into the leadoff spot was in attack mode early driving Kuroda's third pitch over the wall in right to give the Rays a 1-0 lead. It was Joyce's 4th career lead off home run.
Wil Myers followed with a single and came in to score on a David DeJesus double and DeJesus moved to 3rd on Vernon Wells throw home. Evan Longoria brought DeJesus home to give the Rays the early 3-0 lead.
Matt Moore (16-4, 3.23 ERA) worked 5 scoreless innings allowing just 3 hits but walked 6 and struck out 4. He had no command of his fastball and was constantly one pitch away from being removed from the game according to Joe Maddon.
The Rays pushed their lead to 6-0 in the top of the 6th inning on a bases loaded RBI double off the bat of James Loney. After not having a hit in 18 straight plate appearances with the bases loaded the Rays now have had two hits in the past two days.
The Rays added two runs in the top of the ninth inning on RBI doubles by Delmon Young and David DeJesus.
Yunel Escobar had to leave the game with a minor ankle injury and is listed as day to day.